Ari Wallach is a futurist, strategist, and social innovation expert. He is the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs, an initiative focused on cultivating long-term ways of thinking, acting, and being to create futures of collective human flourishing. The mindset underlying this initiative is outlined in Wallach's TED Talk "Three Ways to Plan for the (Very) Long Term." Prior to founding Longpath, Ari was the Founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp., a New York-based strategic consultancy that operated at the intersection of innovation, technology, and purpose-driven culture, assisting leaders in discovering ways to drive sustainable innovation, rethink business models, and improve top-line metrics. The firm's clients included CNN, VW ag, Ford Foundation, FriendFactor, UNHCR, the US State Department, Tides Foundation, Sephora, and NRDC. Previously Wallach served as Fast Company's expert on megatrends, with the launch of Fast Company's "Futures with Ari Wallach."
Wallach is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, lecturing on innovation and the future of governance and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he served as the Director of Conflict Resolution and Peer Counseling for the USCA, and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. Over the course of his career, he has worked for organizations and individuals such as the Democratic National Committee, the United States Institute of Peace, Deepak Chopra, and President Shimon Peres. He sits on the boards of 70 Faces Media, blankonblank.org, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, as well as the advisory board to the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at U.C. Berkeley. He was also the former Commissioner for the City of Berkeley in California.